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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000491.txt from 2000/09

From: Daniel Leeson <leeson0@-----.net>
Subj: [kl] No response from J. Marioneau
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 13:49:03 -0400

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Because of a note from J. Marioneau (copy below) about old instruments,
I requested a better description of what he meant. My note is also
below.

Thus far, he has not replied. He may be busy. I don't know. I simply
want to state that this kind of provocative comment (in the best
possible meaning of "provokative") is always benefited by some further
explanation. And I eagerly await it because it touches on an important
issue: do clarinets become less useful with age, and if so, why?

I also recognize that a few of the people on this list are concerned
about a resurgence of this topic which has appeared in the past on
several occasions. But there is a great deal that all of us can learn
about the subject. I would hope that we would all be receptive to a
fresh view on this topic.
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Could you please be specific and describe the characteristics that
prevent an "old" instrument from being put into good performance shape?
Or are you suggesting that age of an instrument makes it inherently
unusable?

JMarioneau@-----.com wrote:
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> I agree with other responses in that a great repair tech can make that old
> horn play as good as it ever did and probably better, but the effoer and
> expense would prpbably not be woth it. A good tech can rework tone holes,
> put in the best pads and springs, improve the key action, someone like
> Naylor can reoil and revitalize the bore, but you would still have an old
> horn. They can't transform an old instrument into a new one. My tech has
> overhauled some of these old instruments (not to this extent) for some people
> and he has tried to talk them out of putting this old horn put back into A-1
> condition. He said they say they want it done for "sentimental reasons."
> They played it 30 years ago and want grandson to play it now or they want to
> play again on the instrument they had in high school, etc. etc.
> After all that expense, the money would be much better spent on a new
> instrument. The amount of money (you said unlimited expense I think) put
> into the old one would come pretty close to buying a new top of the line
> instrument which you would be much better off having, especially in the long
> run.
> James Marioneaux
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